Wardrobe: White tank with silver details by Sheri Bodell $198, Silver Hexagon bracelet $25 from Ro Sham Beaux // Skirt by Elizabeth & James $280, Bag by Meli Melo $310, Bracelet by Vita Fede from Beckett Boutique // Wide hammered silver ring from from Gold Creations // Sterling silver Bentley earrings $40 and sterling silver wrap ring $38 by Currie Jewelry // “Haven” heels by Dolce Vita $180 from Bloomingdales.com
Home Decor: Sullivan Outdoor chair $1,200, table $648, Throw Blanket $108 , Velvet tassel lumbar pillow in blue, $98, Ro Sham Beaux silver lantern $168, 1st floor chandelier: Fiona in Mirror Crystal $4,998, Rachel Sconce $698 all from Ro Sham Beaux// Artwork from Charleston Art Brokers
Photography by Clifford Pate
The Designer Showhouse sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League was decorated by local interior designers enhancing the already beautiful historical house. The James Sanders House which was constructed circa 1851 on Wentworth is a three-story Charleston Single House which maintains the original details, along with a gorgeous garden with gazebo and saline pool.
Designer Ann Yancy of Ro Sham Beaux added her touch of glam to the house with her posh light fixtures and furniture. One of my favorite rooms in the house was a cozy girl’s room designed by Terri Baldwin of TCB Designs. The cheerful and chic space is perfect for those little ladies who can appreciate a hint of sophistication. The Malibu chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux pulls together the whole room for an elegant, polished setting.
Beautiful artwork from Charleston Art Brokers
Decadent quartz sconce from Ro Sham Beaux
Hand beaded tank top by Sherri Bodell $298, Earrings $28, Gold & string bracelet $35, Malibu 18in Chandelier in White Swirl $1,500 and Rachel Sconce $698 by Ro Sham Beaux from Ro Sham Beaux // Spike bracelet by Vita Fede $400, Library by Lauren Lail $438, Navy pants by Bella Luxx $165 from Beckett Boutique // Snakeskin heels by Christian Louboutin $898, Persian turquoise and sapphire ring $2,300 from The Trunk Show
Photography by Clifford Pate
It’s hard to believe that Spoleto season is just around the corner. The performing arts festival heralds the start of summer and outdoor soirees. If you want to be in the know with all the cool parties and discounted tickets, the Spoleto SCENE is the way to go. One of the SCENE parties on June 2nd will be at the newly renovated and ultra hip Restoration Hotel. The event celebrates the Aakash Odedra Company, an British born Indian dancer who brings traditional Indian dance into the modern world. Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage will be DJing while Cathead Vodka serves up the cocktails.
The big question is what to wear at all of these fabulous events? With so much variety out there it’s hard to go wrong. For an outdoor roof party I opted for this long and flowy dress by Mara Hoffman from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village. Nothing says the 70’s like these oversized shades from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston. Statement jewelry is my go to, and I piled it on to complete my look.
Style is individual and a form of creative expression. Spoleto is the perfect place to take a chance and let your artistic side shine in what you wear.
Dress by Mara Hoffman $268, Clutch by Trina Turk $158, and Gold wide ring by Christina Jervey $250 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // Goldbug crest ring by Mini $120 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Platform wooden heels by Dolce Vita $60 from Shoes on King // Chamberlain Necklace $798 and Bendall Cuff in Blue Turquoise $310 by Addison Weeks // Katherine earrings $255 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Friedrich’s Optik Charleston
Beauty: Grand Entrance Mascara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands, ‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00, ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com
Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate it with this beautiful shoot from 7 Gypsy. The ethereal outfits are dreamy and the location is even dreamier. Shot in the secluded area at the end of Folly near Morris Island, it sets the stage for a time when nature was untouched by man.
Pink Maxi by Muche et Muchette $149, Custom Floral Headpiece by 7 Gypsy $50, Blue Moonstone Earrings by Luxe Group $32
Kimono by Willow and Clay – originally $105 on sale for $30, Tank by Blue Life $72, Bell Bottoms by Astars $98, Coin Necklace by Lena Bernard $65, Lariat Necklace by Heather Kahn $110, Crystal Bracelet by Danielle Rose Bean $58
Blue Print Maxi by Pink Stitch by $92, Wedges by Bed Stu $145, Ivory Tusk Necklace by Boho Gal $75, Circle Choker by Heather Kahn $76, White Moonstone Spike Earrings by Heather Kahn $82, Beaded Tribal Cuff $26
Last week I ventured off to an area I’ve never explored before, the Wild Dunes Resort. The resort which is situated in Isle of Palms has it all – vacation rentals, pools, kids activities, golf courses and restaurants. The first order of business was a golf lesson with Jeff Minton and I was joined by the Cocktail Bandits. My only experience with a golf club was doing put put, so it was nice to get some lessons in the foundation of golf. Jeff was a pro at showing us how to hold the club and swing. It’s no wonder why it’s rated the top golf school in Charleston. Hitting the balls was a blast and getting to drive the golf cart was even more fun.
The next stop was dinner at Huey’s which is located in The Links Course Clubhouse. Named after Huey, the infamous goose that lived in the area and had a thing for ladies but disliked men. The retro styled restaurant and bar served up some southern goodness like pimento cheese, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and my favorite – the fried chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. Whether your a golf enthusiast or not, the view overlooking the course was just gorgeous.
Of course the drinks were flowing with the Cocktail Bandits. The lightweight that I am, I opted for the Shirley Temple which of course matched my outfit.
The Wild Dunes Resort is the perfect staycation for the whole family. I’m looking forward to exploring more of the property this summer!
Photography by Libby Williams
Stretch Knit V-Neck Jacquard Dress $478 by Leo & Sage // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Vaughan Triangle Earrings in Moonstone $92 by Addison Weeks // Vermeil Stacked Rings by Freida Rothman $215 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Custom amethyst ring by Ash Hoffman // “Laina” ring in black onyx $150 and Brass cuff $115 by Peyton William at Peyton William at Freshfields Village // “Helen” sandals by Pelle Moda $145 from Shoes on King
Shopping doesn’t get anymore local for me than visiting James Island boutique Style Dwell. Located in a shopping center just off of Folly Rd and Maybank Highway you can find brands such as Trina Turk, Pink Stitch, Nectar, Dolce Vita, and now Ash Hoffman jewelry. I’ve been a JI local for 10 years and it’s so refreshing and convenient to know that I can drive 5 minutes from my house to find a great selection of clothes and accessories. I recently featured them on my Lowcountry Live segment where I talked how to shop local on a budget. Owner Christie Bishop and her daughter Ashley run the 2 year old boutique and make sure they have a great mix of all price points. Yes, shopping local doesn’t have to break the bank.
I’m excited to host an event they’re having at their store this Thursday, April 21st from 6-8pm at 1739 Maybank Hwy Suite E. They’re having an Ash Hoffman Trunk Show, who is one of my favorites. Ash won JTV’s ‘ROCK STAR’ Jewelry designer competition and recently debuted her collection with them which is selling out. I’m wearing a cuff from her collection pictured here, and I am obsessed!
There’s also going to be some incredible giveaways such as 3 $100 gift cards as wells as 1 lucky winner who will win a $50 gift card each month for the rest of the YEAR, but only if you RSVP by commenting on this post. Come meet Ash Hoffman and hang with me while you sip and shop this Thursday!
Dress by Endless Rose $66 from Style Dwell // Rose Gold “Suzy” skull ring $205 and custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Multicolor Turquoise, Lapis & Coral 18k Gold Over Bronze Cuff Bracelet $212.49 by Ash Hoffman for jTV // Satin bag by Christian Louboutin, emerald and diamond ring $2,600, coral and lapis ring $1,298 from The Trunk Show // Hatter Blue Metal Heels $198 by Intentionally Blank // Earrings $28 and Chelsea Lanterns $195-$250 from Ro Sham Beaux
Photography by Clifford Pate
Rose Romper $56 from House of Sage // “Dawn” elephant necklace $95, “Mary” cross necklace $155, and “Shikoba” Turquoise feather necklace $225 all by Ash Hoffman from Redefined // ‘Camino’ Demi Wedge Sandal by Corso Como $158.95 from Nordstrom
Recently I partnered up with the iconic French Lifestyle brand agnès b. for their “I Love Flowers” spring debut. The collection features pictures of flowers taken by Agnès in Paris, Louveciennes, Antibes, Brittany and New York. Some of these blooming beauties are also native to Charleston, so I thought it would be fun to feature the same flowers that can found here as well.
There’s no doubt that Springtime in Charleston boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the south. Cherry Blossoms, Magnolias, Hydrangeas, Camellias, Roses are just some of the plants that are featured in the agnès b. collection and can be seen everywhere in Charleston. The dress that I’m wearing is a print of Pink Lilac’s which looked so similar to Wisteria. I couldn’t resist a picture in front of this massive Wisteria that was hanging on the gates at a historical house downtown.
Although agnès b. is primarily known as a French brand, she has been designing clothing for men, women, and children since the mid 70’s and has over a 100 stores around the world. Her classic clothing with a streetwear sensibility is timeless. Her striped t-shirt and snap cardigans that she created in the 70’s are still relevant in today’s fashion. Her passion of photography translates into her screen printed collections over the past 2 decades.
The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel is my little shopping gem. This charming boutique stocks gifts, mementos, accessories, artsy books, magazines, and even artisanal food and drinks. Just when you think the shopping couldn’t get any better in Charleston, this modern day mercantile elevates the scene.
The carefully curated selection of men’s and women’s jewelry is unique, modern, and refreshing to see in this town. The overwhelming sweet scents are compliments of the rare perfumes and exquisite candles. One of my favorites is the Indigo candle that was custom made for the shop. The romantic musky scent was created by creative director Cory Ingram and is packaged in a indigo hand-dyed pouch by local designer Leigh Magar.
The biggest splurge would be the custom Lorenzo Martone bikes you can rent or buy. Talk about riding in style!
The Amethyst Spa right next door is one of the few places below Calhoun to get a manicure. With a great selection of polishes including Chanel, you can’t go wrong.
“I Scream You Scream” Scalloped Dress by Kling $84 and “Sindy” Flats by B.A.I.T. from Dandy Boutique // Sunglasses $595 from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // Mouth ring in brass by Odette x MBD $120, Starlight double ring by Martha Calvo $130, Venus bobby pin by Jennifer Behr $102, and bike by Lorenzo Martone $1,350 from The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel
Woven Jacquard Short $115 and Woven Jacquard Shawl Collar Jacket $132 by Lilla P // Tank top by Bra 30 $37 from Shirtini // Checkered clutch $67 from Ibu // Shark tooth earrings by Christina Jervey $175 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // Cortesia Pom Pom necklace drop $85 by Roberta Roller Rabbit at Freshfields Village // Snake bone double strand necklace $195 by Theodosia // Turquoise and diamond bracelet and custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Chrysoprase Cabochon ring $195 by Christina Jervey // Sunglasses from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // “Gena” camel suede gladiators by Sam Edelman $175 from Shoes on King
Beauty: Grand Entrance Masacara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands, ‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00, ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com
It seems like a new store pops up every other week in Charleston these days. What makes this new store Redefined so different is that they specialize in designer consignment and vintage. Owners Heather Martinez and Jamie Boehmer opened up their Church Street location just a few weeks ago and are enjoying their off the beaten path location. Located in the French Quarter area the shop is nestled just above Broad Street.
Some of their featured brands are Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Pucci, and Armani. These labels are surprisingly hard to find in Charleston and now you can scoop them up at Redefined for a fraction of the cost.
They are also carrying one of a kind jewelry by Ash Hoffman who is based in Myrtle Beach and was the winner of Jtv’s Rockstar Designer competition. Her collection of hammered silver accessories combine an organic and modern vibe.
Join me this Saturday, April 9th 6-8pm for the Grand Opening of Redefined boutique at 113 Church Street. Fashion Illustrator Daniel Velasco will be there as well painting his whimsical custom portraits, and drinks and light bites will be served.
Pink Chanel boucle jacket, Vintage Neiman Marcus black leather pants, St. John coin belt worn as a necklace, Camilla Skovgaard sandals, Tom Ford sunglasses
Photography by Clifford Pate
What better way to ring in the spring with a “Notebook” inspired look book shoot from Dandy Boutique? The Upper King Street shop stocks up on retro infused clothing and accessories for affordable prices. I love all the colorful happy merchandise Holly sells in her store!
Photography: Catherine Ann Photography | Make-up: Rebekah of Lure & Ravish | Hair: Kalena of Stella Nova West Ashley | Model: Taylor Cristo of 3 Blackbird Management |Styled by Andrea of Charleston Shop Curator |Florals & Bike: Angela of Charleston Flower Girl
Getting to stay at the chic Restoration Hotel during Charleston Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago was a dream come true. My hectic schedule was filled with trunk shows, photoshoots, judging commitments, on top of my usual blogging and social media duties. Having a home base downtown this year made a world of difference and gave me piece of mind.
The beauty of The Restoration is that every room is a suite so you instantly feel like your at home, but a more luxurious version of that. Each room is stocked with an Ipad, Smart TV, and and a mini bar that’s stocked with delicious munchies including local favorite Callie’s Biscuits.
And let’s talk about this bed. The massive King size bed piled up with the softest pillows made it easy to crash in and hard to get out of in the morning.
You can tell every little detail was thought of in every inch of the space. One of my favorites was the vintage typewriter with a note from the owners saying “Dear Guest, Welcome to The Restoration. We look forward to re-creating history together. Warm regards, The Andersons”
Lace robe by Hanky Panky $140 and Silk Chemise by Andres $147 from Bits of Lace // Pave diamond, sapphire & enamel pinwheel pendant on oxidized chain $495 and Pave diamond triangle earrings $360 by Theodosia // 14k Blue Topaz ring $1,200 and 14k Amethyst and Diamond ring $1,050 from Gold Creations
“Gizela” dress by Trina Turk $398 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // “Oakley” onyx and gold earrings by Peyton William at Freshfields Village // Beaded clutch by Roberta Roller Rabbit $75 at Freshfields Village // Rosegold Criss Cross Ring $55 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // “Pierced Pyramid” Cuff $225 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Audrey Sandals by Sam Edelman $100 from Shoes on King
Beauty: Grand Entrance Mascara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands, ‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00, ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com
The Library at The Restoration is a design lovers paradise. The carefully curated common space is the perfect escape from the bustling streets on King for a moment to relax and peruse the extensive library of Assouline books. Inspiration is boundless with the massive collection of design focused books on fashion, art, furniture, travel, and architecture. These collector worthy books are also available for sale so you can take the inspiration home.
The luxurious space was perfect to have a glam shoot. I couldn’t resist with this gown by Ashira from Rapport made out of sequins in which you can create your own pattern by brushing them with your hand a certain way. You can call it D.I.Y. couture.
Dress by Ashira $2,995 from Rapport // 14k Mutli-gem diamond ring $1,100 and 14k opal and diamond ring $2,150 from Gold Creations //Encrusted panther bracelet by Alexis Bittar from Croghan’s Jewel Box
A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a cool store called The Port Mercantile on Wentworth Street. Always on the hunt for new boutiques in Charleston, I was intrigued by the logo on the door and the unique products in the window. I quickly found out that the store was actually a part of the newly renovated boutique hotel The Restoration, which was acquired by Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc., a family owned firm based in Cincinnati. They recently finished renovations in December and offer a fresh, cosmopolitan setting with personal touches thanks to Creative Director Cory Ingram. A believer in bringing a community together he wanted to create a place that both visitors and locals can enjoy.
How can a local enjoy the amenities of The Restoration without actually staying? First off, the rooftop restaurant The Watch offers southern infused dishes with one of the best views of the city. Finding a place for a relaxing mani & pedi use to be limited on the peninsula. But now that The Amethyst Spa is open you can take a relaxing shopping break and get your nails done just off of King Street. For a utopian escape you can also experience one of their many facials, massages, and detox treatments. Another treat is the beautifully curated library of Assouline books filled with art, fashion, and design inspiration. You can never have too many coffee shops in Charleston, and The Rise is stocked full of artisanal blends and pastries to satisfy your morning munchies.
Last but not least is my favorite part of the hotel, the shopping! The Port Mercantile stocks both local goods and many Brooklyn based jewelry designers. You can buy everything from Callie’s Biscuits products, to modern accessories, to vintage sunglasses, to sweet smelling candles, to cook books, and so much more. This will be my one stop shop for gifts for family and friends!
Stay tuned for more posts about this fabulous new hotel as they hosted me during Charleston Fashion Week.
Dress by NBD $179 from 7 Gypsy // Horn sunglasses $1,250 by Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // Matrix Earrings $192, Matrix Ring $110, and Matrix Cuff $220 by Psyche Jewelry from The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel // “VI-Bayron” snakeskin heels by Vince Camuto $275 from Shoes on King
Everyone pulled out all the stops for the final night at Charleston Fashion Week. CFW veterans mixed with fashion week first timers.
Photography by Clifford Pate
Lace Overlay Handkerchief Illusion dress $548 by Tracy Reese from Nordstrom.com // Madeline Earrings by Mignonne Gavigan $225 from The Finicky Filly // Harper Clutch in black $795 by Taxidermy // Swirls ring $100 from Gold Creations // Audrey Sandals by Sam Edelman $100 from Shoes on King
It was an honor to have New York designer Tracy Reese show at Charleston Fashion Week. Her 18 year old namesake label is known for vibrant patterns and retro infused feminine silhouettes. For her spring collection she was inspired by modern dance particularly Alvin Ailey and it showed in the loose, drapey designs.
Photography by Clifford Pate